I am currently saving for my first telescope which will be a large aperture dob on a computerized mount. While I am doing that I thought it might be fun to pick up some relatively inexpensive binoculars to begin wandering around the night sky.
Of course the first thing I looked at were a big pair of Celestron 25x100 Skywatchers but after reading many tales of woe and a lot of bad reviews I am no longer considering those. Many seem to recommend something in the 10x50-12x50 range and I have been eyeing a pair of Nikon Action Extreme 12x50s on Amazon for a few days now.
One thing I should mention is that hand-held observing is not an option for me as I have "essential tremor" which is a condition that basically causes my hands to shake under any significant load. So I will absolutely have to use a tripod for any size binocular. This is the primary reason I'm considering the 12's over the 10's, not that I expect a lot of difference.
The binoculars I currently own are a cheap pair of 7x35s that I inherited from my parents and they are badly out of collimation (double image) and basically unusable. So any reasonably good instrument will be a vast improvement. Any input is appreciated and I don't pretend to know anything about this as I am totally new to astronomy in all it's forms.
BTW, if it matters according to lightpollutionmap.info, I live on the edge of a Bortle class 5 zone with pretty easy access (10-15min) to Bortle class 4 skies.
Edited by debrent, 21 November 2020 - 12:35 PM.